Masculinities in older men: a qualitative study in the West of Scotland

Emslie, C., Hunt, K. and O'Brien, R. (2004) Masculinities in older men: a qualitative study in the West of Scotland. Journal of Men's Studies, 12(3), pp. 207-226.

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Abstract

Despite the recent interest in multiple "masculinities," previous research has either ignored older men or implicitly treated them as without gender. In order to fill this gap in the literature, we conducted semi-structured interviews with men born in the early 1930s living in the west of Scotland. Disruptions to individual biographies (due to the illness or death of a spouse or loss of their job through redundancy) forced men to reevaluate previously taken-for-granted attitudes to gender roles. Social class trajectories were important in shaping men's attitudes to paid work and gender roles; for example, men who were upwardly mobile were most egalitarian about the gendered division of labor in the household. More privileged men also constructed masculinity differently from less privileged men. Our findings suggest that more attention should be paid to the variety of ways in which older men "do" gender.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunt, Professor Kathryn and Emslie, Dr Carol and O'Brien, Dr Rosaleen
Authors: Emslie, C., Hunt, K., and O'Brien, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Journal of Men's Studies
ISSN:1060-8265

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